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Translation Differences FAQ by Gouki of Borg

Version: 2.0 | Updated: 08/08/09

Table of Contents:

I. Introduction

II. Version History

III. General Differences

IV. Name Changes
     a. Characters
     b. Character Classes
     c. Items
     d. MAGI/Hihou
     e. Weapons
     f. Spells
     g. Armor
     h. Monsters
     i. Monster/Esper skills
     j. Jukebox Tracks

V. Closing Remarks

I. Introduction

In December 1990, Squaresoft released an RPG for the Gameboy titled
"SaGa 2: Hihou Densetsu", which roughly translates to "SaGa 2: Legend of
the Relics". This was the sequel to Makaitoushi SaGa ("Demon World Tower
SaGa), released on Gameboy a year earlier in 1989. Later releases in the
series include the Japan-only Romancing SaGas (Super Nintendo),
SaGa Frontier and SaGa Frontier 2 for Playstation, and Unlimited SaGa
for Playstation 2. SaGa 2 came to US shores in October 1991, but under a
different title. Like its predecessor, it was renamed, becoming "Final
Fantasy Legend II" to cash in on the more well-known Final Fantasy title.
This explains why the FFL games are so different in gameplay from the
mainstream FF series-they weren't FF games to begin with. And as is usually
the case with the translation of games from Japanese to English, the US
version ended up with some subtle but interesting differences from the
original Japanese. This FAQ is here to document those differences.

A remake of SaGa 2 for the Nintendo DS is slated for release in September

For translations of some key scenes from the game, check out Niahak's
excellent walkthrough FAQ.

But first, a word of warning: I strongly recommend you complete the
game before reading on, as there are blatant spoilers ahead. Then again, the
game is
over 13 years old, and I'm pretty sure most of the people interested in this
kind of information have already beaten the game multiple times. I thought
I'd mention it just in case.

II. Version History

Version 1.0 (4/10/04)

First release. Other than a few names I couldn't translate and the
Monster/Esper skill list, the FAQ is complete. One or two updates will
probably be forthcoming after that if I get any new information, or if
anyone can help me out with the few translations I was stuck on.

Version 1.5 (7/27/09)

Bit of a time gap there, eh? Added everything missing from the
initial release, most notably Esper/Monster skills. Made some important
additions and corrections. Changed the format a bit so notes get their own
column for easy reference. Now this thing is actually finished.

Version 2.0 (8/4/09)

The "extra column for notes" format ends up making the file too wide,
so I've gone back to footnotes. The good news is, tags are provided so
you can jump right to the corrosponding note with CTRL+F. A number of
romanization errors were brought to my attention, and those have also
been fixed. A few additions/corrections, including the enemy Moaner
originally being "Mourn Blade" and background information for the enemy
Storm Bringer.

III. General Differences

	Gameplay-wise, SaGa 2 and FFL2 are identical. If there are any
differences in that area, I have yet to find them. The only differences
are a few graphic changes and a ton of character/item/enemy name changes.
Some general differences:

-MAGI is called Hihou, or Relics.

-GP is called Kero

-The Cafes are called Pubs, and the Cafe's coffee cup sign is instead a
simple sign that reads 'PUB'. Note that this is the same sign found on the
Pubs in FFL.

-Because the Japanese writing system allows you to write more in less space
(for example, Katana takes only three characters to write in Japanese but six
in English), the full names for items are written out and there are no icons
telling you what type of item it is.

-What little swearing existed in the Japanese version was removed in

-The whole plot with Dad and Lynn was oddly translated in FFL2. The reason
your hero is upset upon finding Dad at Lynn's house after defeating Dunatis
is because (s)he overhears Lynn's mother referring to Lynn as "your daughter"
when talking to Dad. Your character concludes that Dad had simply walked
out on your mother all those years ago, and the real reason he couldn't come
home was
because he was having an affair with Lynn's mother. Of course, we later find
out that Dad was just acting as Lynn's father while her real dad was away
on a mission. This explains the main character's awkward silence when you
find Dad in the Guardian's base, and why Dad says, "...we'll talk about it
later" when you hit the B button with him in your party. The main character's
guilt following Dad's apparent death ("I was so harsh to him...") is over
the fact that (s)he doubted his/her father's integrity. It seems like they
tried to convey all this in the US version, but due to the awkward
translation job and Nintendo's desire to avoid the whole 'affair' aspect,
that subplot comes off as unclear in the version we got.

-Taro/Ronin is portrayed as a man of few words in the Japanese version,
particularly before he reveals that he is a Guardian. (He talks in brief
sentences...with many ellipses...)

-Remember the student in Taro/Ronin's classroom in Edo who says something
like "HELLO, I AM LEARNING TO SPEAK ENGLISH"? In the Japanese version,
he says "Purisu donto purei disu geimu" in katakana, which means, if you
say it aloud, "Please don't play this game" in English. Reverse psychology,

-I'm sure everyone saw this one coming. The bananas being smuggled into Edo
were originally opium. Further proof that Nintendo's censorship can produce
some strange results. The translators apparently intended for this to be
ridiculous, since one townsperson in Edo actually wonders why Bananas would
be illegal.

-In the ending of the NA version, the hero and family set out to find the
Lost Ark. In the original, they went searching for the Three Imperial
Treasures (the sword, the mirror, and the jewel). An appropriate bit of
localization, given Dad's has-to-be-intentional resemblance to Indiana Jones.
Their cameo therefore makes more sense in the Japanese SaGa 3, where the
three items needed to forge the Kusanagi Sword (translated as Emperor Sword
in FFL3) are the Three Imperial Treasures (they give you the "sword").

IV. Name Changes

a. Characters

FFL2            SaGa 2             Trans
-----           -------            ------

Mr. S           Sensei             Teacher

Ki              KAI                Kai

Mask            Fukumen            Mask

Lynn            RIN                Lynn/Lin

Dad             Chichioya          Dad

Hana            Otama              Otama

Taro            ROONIN             Ronin

Isis            Megami             Goddess

Flora   	ORIBIA             Olivia

Nills   	YURIUSU            Julius

Leon    	ANTONII            Antony

Kame    	Denpachi           Denpachi

b. Character Classes

FFL2            SaGa 2             Trans
------          ------             ------

Human M         Ningen Otoko       Human Man

Human F         Ningen Onna        Human Woman

Mutant M        ESUPAABOI          Esper Boy

Mutant F        ESUPAAGYAARU       Esper Girl

Robot           MEKA               Mech

Slime           SURAIMU            Slime

Baby-D          MINIDORAGON        Minidragon

Imp             Tsukaima           Servant Demon/Familiar

c. Items

FFL2            SaGa 2             Trans
-----           ------             ------

Cure            POOSHON            Potion

X-Cure          HAIPOOSHON         Hi Potion

Elixier         ERIKUSAA           Elixer

Eyedrop         Megusuri           Eyedrop

Curse           Juujika            Cross

Soft            Kin no Hari        Gold Needle

Body            Karada no Moto     Body Source

Power           Chikara no Moto    Power Source

Speed           Subayasa no Moto   Agility Source

Magic           Maryoku no Moto    Magic Source

Door            DOA                Door

Selfix          Jikoshuufuku       Self Repair

Speedup         Kasokussouchi      Accelerator

Tent            KOTEJI             Cottage

Micron          Chiisakunaare      "Let's Become Small" [Credit: Niahak]

Key             Gesui no Kagi      Sewer Key

d. MAGI/Hihou

FFL2            SaGa 2             Trans
-----           -------            ------

Power          Chikara no MAGI    Power Magi

Speed          Tsubayasa no MAGI  Agility Magi

Mana           Maryoku no MAGI    Magic Magi

Defense        Bougyo no MAGI     Defense Magi

Fire           Honoo no MAGI      Flame Magi

Thunder        Inadzuma no MAGI   Thunder Magi

Ice            Kaori no MAGI      Ice Magi

Poison         Doku no MAGI       Poison Magi

Prism          Seirei no Kagami   Spirit Mirror

TrueEye        Shinjitsu no Me    Eye of Truth

Aegis          IIJISU no Tate     Aegis Shield

Pegasus        Tenshi no Tsubasa  Angel's Wings

Masamune       MASAMUNE           Masamune

Heart          Megami no Shinzou  Goddess' Heart

e. Weapons

FFL2           SaGa 2              Trans
-----          -------             -------

Long Sword     RONGUSOODO          Long Sword

Rapier         REIPIA              Rapier

Battle Sword   Seiryu Tou          Seiryu Sword

Katana         Katana              Katana

Sabre          SAABERU             Saber

Gold Sword     MISURIRUSOODO       Mithril Sword

Laser Sword    RAITOSEEBA          Lightsaber

Flame Sword    FUREIMUSOODO        Flame Sword

Ice Sword      AISUBURANDO         Ice Brand

Coral Sword    Sango no Tsurugi    Coral Sword

Dragon Sword   DORAGONSOODO        Dragon Sword

Defend Sword   DEIFENDAA           Defender

Sun Sword      SANBUREIDO          Sun Blade

Xcaliber       EKUSUKARIBAA        Excaliber

Glass Sword    GURASUSOODO         Glass Sword

Muramas        Muramasa            Muramasa [weap1]

Revenge Sword  Urami no Tsurugi    Grudge Sword

Vampic Sword   BURADOSOODO         Blood Sword

Seven Sword    Shichishi Tou       Seven-Branched Sword [weap2]

Axe            BATORUAKUSU         Battle Axe

Ogre Axe       OOGAKIRAA           Ogre Killer

Thunder Axe    SANDAAAKUSU         Thunder Axe

Rune Axe       RUUNAKUSU           Rune Axe

Psi Sword      SAIKOSOODO          Psycho Sword

Whip           MUCHI               Whip

Blitz Whip     Dengiki MUCHI       Electric Shock Whip

Psi Dagger     SAIKODAGAA          Psycho Dagger

Catclaw        NEKO no TSUME       Cat Claw

Bow            Yumi                Bow

Gold Bow       MISURIRU no Yumi    Mithril Bow

Samurai Bow    Yoichi no Yumi      Yoichi's Bow

Colt           DERINJA             Derringer

Stungun        SUTANGAN            Stungun

Musket         Hinawaju            Matchlock

SMG            SABUMACHINGAN       Submachine Gun

Magnum         44MAGUNAMU          .44 Magnum

Fire Gun       Kaenhoushaki        Flamethrower

Psi Gun        SAIKOGAN            Psycho GUn

Laser Gun      BIIMURAIFURU        Beam Rifle

Bazooka        BAZUUKA             Bazooka

Tank           REPARUTO2           Leopard 2 [weap3]

Vulcan Cannon  BARUKAN Hou         Vulcan Cannon

Missile        MISAIRU             Missile

Hyper Cannon   Hadou Hou           Wave Cannon

Gungnir Spear  GANGUNIRU no YARI   Gungnir Spear

Hammer         BATORUHAMAA         Battle Hammer

Sypha          Jitte               Jitte [weap4]

Abacus         Aku no Soroban      Abacus of Evil

Chainsaw       CHEENSOO            Chainsaw

Rocket         ROKKETOPANCHI       Rocket Punch

Coin           Nagesen             Coin Throw [weap5]

Grenade        Shuryuudan          Hand Grenade

NukeBomb       Kakubakudan         Nuclear Bomb

Punch          PANCHI              Punch

Kick           KIKKU               Kick

Headbut        Sandanduki          Triple Strike

Counter        KUROSUKAUNTAA       Cross Counter

Temptat        Nagashime           Flirtatious Glance

X-Kick         Tobihizageri        Jumping Knee Kick

Jyudo          YAMAARASHI          Yama Arashi [weap6]

Karate         Jigoku Guruma       Jigoku Guruma [weap7]

Mage Staff     Majutsu no Tsue     Sorcery Staff

Wizard Staff   Madoushi no Tsue    Wizard's Staff

Heal Staff     Iyashi no Tsue      Healing Staff

[weap1]: The Muramasa is a sword forged by a skilled but insane
blacksmith. His bloodlust is said to have been imparted to the sword.

[weap2]: The Seven-Branched sword is a Japanese national treasure. It is
a sword with six branch-like protrusions from the main blade, most likely
used for ceremonial purposes. It is currently housed in the Isonokami Shrine
in the Nara Prefucture.

[weap3]: Leopard 2 is a type of German tank.

[weap4]: A jitte is a truncheon-like weapon used by police in the Edo
period. In this case it is a reference to fictional Edo detective Zenigata
Heiji, who used such a weapon. The coins that appear in its attack animation
are also a Zenigata reference - see below.

[weap5]: The coin throw is a reference to fictional Edo detective Zenigata
Heiji, who caught criminals by throwing coins at them.

[weap6]: Lit. "Mountain Storm", a shoulder throw in Judo.

[weap7]: Lit. "Hell Wheel", a Judo throw in which one grabs the opponent,
rolls onto their back, and throws. Ryu and Ken use this in Street Fighter.

f. Spells

FFL2           SaGa 2              Trans
-----          -------             ------

Fire Book      FAIA no Sho         Fire Book

Thunder Book   SANDAA no Sho       Thunder Book

Ice Book       BURIZADO no Sho     Blizzard Book

Fog Book       KURAUDA no Sho      Clouder Book

Sleep Book     SURIPU no Sho       Sleepel Book

Prayer Book    Nenbutsu no Hon     Prayer Book

Stone Book     BUREIKU no Sho      Break Book

Death Book     DESU no Sho         Death Book

Cure Book      KEARU no Sho        Cure Book

Flare Book     FUREA no Sho        Flare Book

g. Armor

FFL2           SaGa 2             Trans
----           ------             -----

Bronze Helm    BURONZU Kabuto     Bronze Helmet

Silver Helm    GOORUDO Kabuto     Gold Helmet

Gold Helm      MISURIRU Kabuto    Mithril Helmet

Army Helm      ARAI no METTO      Arai Helm [arm1]

Giant Helm     Kyojin no Kabuto   Giant's Helmet

Dragon Helm    SAAKURETTO         Circlet

Bronze Armor   BURONZUAAMAA       Bronze Armor

Silver Armor   GOORUDOAAMAA       Gold Armor

Gold Armor     MISURIRUAAMAA      Mithril Armor

Kimono         Kimono             Kimono

Army Armor     AAMAABESUTO        Armor Vest

Giant Armor    Kyojin AAMAA       Giant Armor

Battle Armor   BATORUSUUTSU       Battle Suit

Arthur Armor   Kanu no Yoroi      Guan Yu's Armor [arm2]

Parasuit       PAWAADOSUUTSU      Powered Suit

Bronze Glove   BURONZU no Kote    Bronze Gauntlet

Silver Glove   GOORUDO no Kote    Gold Gauntlet

Gold Glove     MISURIRU no Kote   Mithril Gauntlet

Giant Glove    Kyojin no Kote     Giant's Gauntlet

Ninja Glove    Genji no Kote      Genji's Gauntlet

Bronze Shield  BURONZU no Tate    Bronze Shield

Silver Shield  GOORUDO no Tate    Gold Shield

Gold Shield    MISURIRU no Tate   Mithril Shield

Flame Shield   Honoo no Tate      Flame Shield

Ice Shield     AISUSHIIRUDO       Ice Shield

Samurai Shld   Shirahadori        Shirahadori [arm3]

Dragon Shield  DORAGON no Tate    Dragon Shield

Geta Shoes     Tetsu Geta         Iron Geta [arm4]

Hermes Shoes   ERUMESU no Kutsu   Hermes' Shoes

Hecate Shoes   Koumei no Kutsu    Kong Ming's Shoes [arm5]

[arm1]: Arai is a brand of Japanese motorcycle helmet.

[arm2]: Guan Yu was a general in China's Three Kingdoms period, and a
paragon of strength and virtue. The comparison to King Arthur is therefore
appropriate. [Credit: Alex Jackson & Niahak]

[arm3]: Shiradori is a technique in which one catches the opponent's blade
between their hands.

[arm4]: Geta are large wooden Japanese sandals.

[arm5]: AKA Zhuge Liang, Kong Ming was another figure from the Three
Kingdoms period. Folklore associates him with Taoism-based magic powers,
such as summoning the wind. He is roughly analagous to Merlin.
[Credit: Alex Jackson & Niahak] Hecate, on the other hand, was a Greek
"mother goddess" who is considered in modern times to be a goddess of

h. Monsters

FFL2            SaGa 2            Trans
----            -------           ------

Fungus          Enokimodoki       Enokimodoki [mons1]

Mushroom        Shiitakemodoki    Shiitake

Champgno        Shimejimodoki     Shimejimodoki

Shiitake        Maitakemodoki     Maitakemodoki

Toadstol        Matsutakemodoki   Matsutakemodoki

Flower          Jinmenka          Jinmenka [mons2]

P-Flower        Doku no Hana      Poison Flower

F-Flower        FAIAFURAWA        Fire Flower

Sunplant        SANFURAWA         Sunflower

DarkRose        BURAKKUROOZU      Black Rose

MapleMan        RAIBUOOKU         Live Oak

LiveOrk         SEKOIA            Sequoia

EvilPine        TORENTO           Treant

MadCedar        Joumonsugi        Joumon Cedar [mons3]

Treant          YUGUDORASHIRU     Yggdrasil

Pebble          PEBURU            Pebble

Cobble          SUTOON            Stone

Boulder         ROKKU             Rock

Rock            BOORUDAA          Boulder

Earth           AASU              Earth

Woodman         Bokujin           Woodman

Clayman         Nendojin          Clayman

Stoneman        SUTOONGOOREMU     Stone Golem

Ironman         Tetsujin          Iron Man

Mazin           Daimajin          Daimajin [mons4]

Hofud           DURANDAARU        Durandal [mons5]

Gae Bolg        KARADOBORUGU      Caladbolg [mons5]

Answerer        ANSARAA           Answerer [mons5]

Moaner          MOONBUREEDO       Mourn Blade [mons5]

Kusanagi        SUTOOMBURINGU     Storm Bring [mons5]

Slime           GURIINSURAIMU     Green Slime

Jelly           IEROOJERII        Yellow Jelly

Tororo          Ao Tororo         Blue Tororo [mons6]

Pudding         BURAKKUPURIN      Black Pudding

SlimeGod        SUUPAASURAIMU     Super Slime

Worm            MIMIZU            Earthworm

P-Worm          Doku MIMIZU       Poison Earthworm

LavaWorm        RAABAUOOMU        Lava Worm

Sandworm        SANDOUOOMU        Sand Worm

Giga Worm       ABISUUOUMU        Abyss Worm

Big Eye         Oo Medama         Big Eye

Gazer           GEIZAA            Gazer

Watcher         UOCHYA            Watcher

Evil Eye        IIBURUAI          Evil Eye

Beholder        BIHOORUDAA        Beholder

Spider          Ashinagagumo      Orb Weaver

P-Spider        Doku Gumo         Poison SPider

Tarantla        TARANCHURA        Tarantula

F-Spider        Gyuuki            Gyuuki [mons7]

Arachne         ARAKUNI           Arachne

Beetle          Oo Kabutomushi    Big Beetle

Chafer          Koganemushi       Scarab Beetle

Antlion         ARI Jigoku        Antlion

C-Fisher        Makai KUWAGATA    Demonworld Stag Beetle

Scarab          SUKARABE          Scarab

Moth            Dokuga            Poison Moth

Swallow         Kyuuketsu Ogheha  Bloodsucking Swallowtail

FireMoth        FAIAMOSU          Fire Moth

Gloom           Meikai no Chou    Hades Butterfly

Madame          MADAMUBATAFURAI   Madame Butterfly [mons8]

Octupus         Odori TAKO        Dancing Octopus

Amoeba          Amefurashi        Sea Hare

Ammonite        ANMONAITSU        Ammonite

Squid           Daiou IKA         Great King Squid

Kraken          KURAAKEN          Kraken

Barracud        BARAKUUDA         Barracuda

Piranha         PIRANIA           Piranha

Shark           HANMAAHEDDO       Hammerhead

Gunfish         GANFISSHU         Gunfish

Leviathn        RIBAIASAN         Leviathan

Crab            Yashi GANI        Coconut Crab

Hermit          Yadokarin         Hermit Crab

Ice Crab        AISUROBUSUTAA     Ice Lobster

KingCrab        KINGUKURABU       King Crab

Dagon           DAGON             Dagon [mons9]

Toad            Gama              Toad

P-Toad          Doku Gaeru        Poison Frog

Hugetoad        Shiroku no Gama   Black & White Toad [mons10]

GianToad        CHINWASEN         Qing Wa Shen [mons11]

KingToad        HEKATO            Hequet [mons12]

Snake           Aodaishou         Japanese Rat Snake

Serpent         SAIDOWAINDA       Sidewinder

Anaconda        Orochi            Orochi [mons13]

Hydra           HIDORA            Hydra

Jorgandr        YORUMUNGANDARU    Jormungander [mons14]

Tortoise        Kame              Turtle

Turtle          RANDOTAATORU      Land Turtle

Adamant         ADAMANTAIMAI      Adamant Shell

D-Turtle        DORAGONTAATORU    Dragon Turtle

Gen-Bu          Genbu             Genbu [mons15]

Lizard          Sanshouuo         Salamander

Cameleon        KAMEREON          Chameleon

Komodo          KOMODODORAGON     Komodo Dragon

Salamand        SARAMANDAA        Salamander

Basilisk        BASHIRISUKU       Basilisk

Rhino           RAINOSAURUSU      Rhinoceros

Triceras        TORAIKERATOPUSU   Triceratops

Dinosaur        SUTEGOSAURUSU     Stegosaurus

T Rex           TIRANOSAURUSU     Tyrannosaurus

Behemoth        BEHIIMOSU         Behemoth

Baby-D          BEBIIDORAGON      Baby Dragon

Young-D         DORAGONKIDDO      Dragon Kid

Dragon          YANGUDORAGON      Young Dragon

Great-D         GUREETODORAGON    Great Dragon

Sei-Ryu         Seiryuu           Seiryuu [mons15]

Babywyrm        RAMUFORINKUSU     Ramphoryncus [mons16]

WyrmKid         PUTERANODON       Pteranodon

Wyvern          WAIBAAN           Wyvern

Wyrm            UIRUMU            Wyrm

FengLung        FENRUN            Feng Lung [mons17]

Eagle           DAIBUIIGURU       Dive Eagle

Thunder         SANDAABAADO       Thunder Bird

Cocatris        KOKATORISU        Cockatrice

Roc             ROKKU Chou        Roc

Su-Zaku         Suzaku            Suzaku [mons15]

Raven           REIBUN            Raven

Harpy           HAAPII            Harpy

Ten-Gu          Karasu Tengu      Karasu Tengu [mons18]

Garuda          GARUUDA           Garuda

Nike            NIKE              Nike

Jaguar          JAGAA             Jaguar

SaberCat        SAABERUTAIGAA     Saber Tiger

SnowCat         SUNOOKATTO        Snow Cat

BlackCat        Kuro Neko         Black Cat

Byak-Ko         Byakko            Byakko [mons15]

Silver          SHIRUBAA          Silver

Kelpie          AHA ISHUKE        Each Uisge [mons19]

Nitemare        NAITOMEA          Nightmare

Sleipnir        SUREIPUNIRU       Sleipnir

Unicorn         YUNIKOON          Unicorn

Griffon         GURIFON           Griffin

Mantcore        MANTIKOA          Manticore

Chimera         KIMERA            Chimera

Sphinx          SUFINKUSU         Sphinx

Kirin           Kirin             Kirin

Fly             HAE Otoko         Fly Man

Hornet          HACHI Onna        Bee Woman

Mosquito        MOSUKIITO         Mosquito

Cicada          SEMI Ningen       Human Cicada

Mantis          MANTISKINGU       Mantis King

Wererat         Nezumi Otoko      Rat Man

Werewolf        WEAUORUFU         Werewolf

Catwoman        NEKO Musume       Cat Girl

Rakshasa        RAKUSHAASA        Rakshasa

Anubis          ANUBISU           Anubis

Medusa          MEDUUSA           Medusa

Lamia           RAMIA             Lamia

Naga            NAAGA             Naga

Scylla          SUKIRAA           Scylla

Lilith          MARIRISU          Marilith

Goblin          GOBURIN           Goblin

Oni             Oni               Oni

Ogre            OOGA              Ogre

Giant           Kyojin            Giant

Susano-O        Susanoo           Susanoo [mons20]

Fiend           Koakuma           Little Devil

Mephisto        Akuma             Devil

Demon           Daiakuma          Great Devil

Demoload        DEMONROODO        Demon Lord

Athtalot        ASUTAROOTO        Astaroth

Sprite          SUPURAITO         Sprite

Fairy           FEARII            Faery

Nymph           NINFU             Nymph

Sylph           SHIRUFU           Sylph

Titania         TAITANIA          Titania

Skeleton        Gaikotsu          Skeleton

Red Bone        REDDOBOON         Red Bone

Warrior         Gaikotsu Senshi   Skeleton Soldier

BoneKing        DESUNAITO         Death Knight

Lich            RICCHI            Lich

Zombie          ZONBI             Zombie

Ghoul           GUURU             Ghoul

Ghast           GASUTO            Ghast

Wight           WAITO             Wight

Revnant         REBUNANTO         Revenant

O-Bake          Obake             Spirit/Ghost

Phantom         FANTOMU           Phantom

Wraith          REISU             Wraith

Spector         SUPEKUTAA         Specter

Ghost           GOOSUTO           Ghost

Asigaru         Ashigaru          Ashigaru [mons21]

Samurai         Samurai           Samurai

Ninja           Ninja             Ninja

Musashi         Musashi           Musashi [mons22]

Hatamoto        Tenchuu Gumi      Heaven's Wrath Gang

Gang            Goutou            Robber

Wh. Belt        Karateka          Karateka

Killer          Satsujinki        Killer

Bl. Belt        Tsukumo           Tsukumo [mons23]

TianLung        TIENRUN           Tien Lung [mons24]

Trooper         GAADO             Guard

Guard           NAITO             Knight

Knight          PARADIN           Paladin

Paladin         ZIIKUFURIITO      Siegfried

Fenrir          FENRISUUORUFU     Fenris Wolf

Terorist        TERORISUTO        Terrorist

Mercenar        Youhei            Mercenary

Commando        KOMANDOO          Commando

SS              Shinetai          Bodyguard

Echigoya        Echigoya          Echigoya

Conjurer        Majutsu Minarai   Magic Apprentice

Magician        Majutsushi        Magician

Sorcerer        Madoushi          Wizard

Wizard          GANDARUFU         Gandalf

ROBO-28         28 Gou            Number 28

ROBO-Z          ZETTO             Zed

Ridean          RAIDEN            Raiden

G-7             JIISEBUN          G-7

Dunatis         Yama no Kami      Mountain God

MechBug         BIITORU           Beetle

Hawk            SHUPIIGERU        Spiegel

Falcon          HOOKU             Hawk

Intercept       INTAASEPUTAA      Interceptor

Plasma          Hakkekkyuu        White Blood Cell

Phagocygt       MAKUROFAAJI       Macrophage

Corpuscl        KYANSAASERU       Cancer Cell

Cancer          Hitokui AMEEBA    Flesh-Eating Ameba

Grippe          HONKON Biigata    Hong Kong Type B [mons25]

Virus           Naze no Byouki    Mystery Disease

Pathogen        Kyodai UIRUSU     Huge Virus

Plague          SAIBAAUIRUSU      Cyber Virus

Haniwa          Haniwa            Haniwa [mons26]

Dolphin         Shachihoko        Shachihoko [mons27]

OdinCrow        OODIN Karasu      Odin Crow [mons28]

Warmach         DESUMASHIIN       Death Machine

Ashura          ASHURA            Ashura

Venus           BIINASU           Venus

Sho-Gun         Shogun            Shogun

Magnate         Oogosho           Magnate

Odin            OODIN             Odin

Minion        APORON no Shimobe   Servant of Apollo

Apollo          APORON            Apollo [mons28]

Arsenal         Bouei SHISTEMU    Defense System

[mons1]: Each of the mushroom-type enemies are named after various varieties
of Japanese mushroom in the Japanese version. I won't bore you with the
specifics, you can look up images if you're curious.

[mons2]: Jinmenka is a fruit with a human face.

[mons3]: Joumonsugi is a giant, millenias-old tree on the Japanese island
of Yakushima.

[mons4]: Daimajin is a golem-like living statue from Kimiyoshi Yasuda's
"Daimajin" movie trilogy.

[mons5]: The sword-type enemies are all named after legendary swords from

        -Hofud: Sword of Heimdal (Norse)
        -Durandal: Sword of Roland (Song of Roland)
        -Gae Bolg: Spear of Cuchulainn (Celtic)
        -Caladbolg: Sword of Fergus Mac Roich (Celtic)
        -Answerer: Aka Fragarach, sword of Manannan Mac Lir (Irish)
        -Mourn Blade: Yrkoon's demonic sword, counterpart of Storm Bringer
        (Michael Moorcock's books)
        -Kusanagi: One of Japan's Imperial Treasures, a sword found in the
        fourth tail of Yamata no Orochi when it was slain by Susanoo.
        -Storm Bring: Aka Storm Bringer, a demon in the form of a huge
        black sword. Wielded by Elric of Melnibone.
        (Michael Moorcock's books)

[mons6]: Tororo is a dish of pureed yams.

[mons7]: Gyuuki is a Japanese demon sometimes depicted as having the body
of a spider.

[mons8]: A reference to the opera by Giacamo Puccini.

[mons9]: One interpretation of the Semitic god Dagon portrays him as a
fish god, partly because of the Hebrew word "dag", which means "fish".

[mons10]: A particular type of Japanese toad with four toes on its front
feet and six on its back feet. [Credit: Pokeeiyu]

[mons11]: Qing Wa Shen is "Frog God" in Chinese.

[mons12]: Hequet is a frog-headed goddess of fertility in Egyptian

[mons13]: Or Yamato no Orochi, an eight-headed serpent of Japanese myth,
slain by Susanoo.

[mons14]: Jormundander, aka Midgardsormr, is a gigantic serpent that coils
the world. He is a son of Loki.

[mons15]: These four monsters are a reference to the Ssu-Ling of Chinese

          -Genbu: The Black Tortise, represents North/Water/Winter

          -Seiryuu: The Azure Dragon, represents East/Wood/Spring

          -Byakko: The White Tiger, represents West/Metal/Autumn

          -Suzaku: The Vermillion Bird, represents South/Fire/Summer

[mons16]: A ramphoryncus is a prehistoric creature similar to a pterodactyl
with a spade-shaped tail.

[mons17]: Feng Lung means "Wind Dragon" in Chinese.

[mons18]: Karasu (Crow) Tengu specifically refers to the bird-like variety of
Tengu, as they are portrayed in a variety of different forms.

[mons19]: Both Kelpie and Each Uisge are "water horses" from Celtic myth.
Basically, they trick people into climbing onto them; the victim sticks to
the horse's back and drowns when it runs into a river or lake.

[mons20]: Susanoo is the hot-blooded brother of Amaterasu, and the slayer of
the eight-headed serpent, Yamata no Orochi.

[mons21]: Ashigaru were the Shogun's personal army in Japan's Muromachi

[mons22]: Miyamoto Musashi was a famed Japanese swordsman.

[mons23]: Tsukumo is the only references I'm not sure about. Pokeeiyuu
suggests it might mean "many wins".

[mons24]: Tien Lung means "Heavenly Dragon" in Chinese.

[mons25]: Grippe means flu in Spanish/German. Hong Kong Type B is a
particular strain of influenza.

[mons26]: Haniwa are clay figures often placed on tombs in Japan's Kofun
period. Cactuars from the Final Fantasy series are also modeled after

[mons27]: Shachihoko are mythical Japanese creatures with the head of a
tiger and the body of a carp, featured on the tops of many temples and
castles in the hope that they will bring rain.

[mons28]: For the record, Odin's two crows are named Huugin (Thought) and
Muugin (Memory).

[mons29]: Although APORON is the Japanese spelling of the Greco-Roman god
Apollo, it's been suggested that it may refer to the fallen angel Apollyon.

i. Monster/Esper Skills

FFL2            SaGa2             Trans
----            -----             ------

Tusk            Kiba              Fang/Tusk

Nail            Tsume             claw/Nail

Bash            Taiatari          Body Blow/Ramming

Tongue          Shita             Tongue

Punch           PANCHI            Punch

Kick            KIKKU             Kick

Horn            Tsuno             Horn

Thorn           Ibara             Thorn

Sword           Tsurugi           Sword

Head            Zutsuki           Heabutt

Tail            Shippo            Tail

Pincer          HASAMI            Pincer

Fin             Hire              Fin

Tentacl         Shokusu           Tentacle

W-Pincer        2tsu no Hasami    Double Pincer

W-Attack        2kai Kougeki      Double Attack

4-Heads         4tsu no Kubi      4 Heads

8-Legs          Shokushu8         8 Tentacles

Touch           DOREINTACCHI      Drain Touch

Saw             Nokogiri          Saw

Dissolve        Tokasu            Dissolve/Melt

Absorb          Chiwosuu          Bloodsuck

Cure            KEARU             Cure

Defense         Bougyo            Defense

Shell           Kamegoura         Shell

Shell           Kara ni Hairu     Retract into Shell

Mirror          SAIKOMIRAA        Psycho Mirror

Counter         KAUNTAA           Counter

Burning         Sawaru to Yakedo  Touch and Burn

2-Swords        2touryuu          2 Sword Style

2-Tusks         2hon no Kiba      2 Fangs

3-Heads         3tsu no Atama     3 Heads

3-Horns         3bon no Tsuno     3 Horns

6-Arms          6pon no Ude       6 Punch Arms

Critical        KURITIKARU        Critical

Axe             ONO               Axe

Honey           Mitsu             Honey

Heal            Kaifukurinpun     Recovery Scales

Life Potion    Seimei no Shizuku  Life Drop (of water)

W-Kick          DABURUKIKKU       Double Kick

ParaNail        MAHI Tsume        Paralysis Claw

WindUp          Katamitsuku       Coil Around

Tie Up          Makitsuku         Entwine

Breath          Hanaiki           Nose Breath

Poison          Dokubari          Stinger

Poison          Doku no Kiba      Poison Fang

P-Skin          Sawaru to Doku    Touch and Poison

ParaSkin        Sawaru to Sekika  Touch and Stone

Thunder         SANDAA            Thunder

Fire            FAIA              Fire

Flame           Honoo             Flame

Gas             Dokugiri          Poison Mist

Blizzard        Reiki             Cold air

Lightning       Inadzuma          Lightning

Beam            Hakai Kousen      Destruction Beam

P-Blast         SAIKOBURASUTO     Psycho Blast

Dispel          Joubutsu          Rest in Peace

D-Beam          Sastujin BIIMU    Killer Beam

Heat            Netsu             Fever

ComVirus        SHISUTEMU Hakai   System Destruction

Squirt          Mizudeppou        Squirt Gun

SunBurst        SANBAASUTO        Sunburst

SleepGas        Nemuri no Kona    Sleep Powder

Sleep           SURIPURU          Sleepel

StonGaze        Sekika Nirami     Stone Gaze

Stone           BUREIKU           Break

StoneGas        Sekika GASU       Stone Gas

FatalGas        DESU no Kona      Death Powder

X-Gaze          DESU Nirami       Death Gaze

Erase           DESU              Death

Blind           Metsubushi        Blinder [skil1]

Flash           FURASSHUAI        Flash Eye

Ink             Sumi              Ink

Poison          Doku no Kona      Poison Powder

Gaze            Noroi no Me       Curse Eye

Charm           Yuuwaku           Temptation/Seduction

Hypnosis        HYUPUNOSHISU      Hypnosis

Sand            Sunajigoku        Sand Hell

Cobweb          Kumo Ito          Spider Thread

Blitz           Dengeki           Electric Shock

Drain           Chikawa wo Ubau   Power Snatch

Stench          Akushuu           Stench

Mirror          Kagebunshin       Kagebunshin [skil2]

Tornado         Tatsumaki         Tornado

Quake           Jishin            Quake

Whirl           Uzushio           Whirling Tides

Flare           FUREA             Flare

Steal           Nusumu            Steal

Explode         Jibaku            Explode/Self-Destruct

Acid            Sanseiu           Acid Rain

Riddle          Nazonazo          Riddle

CursSong        Noroi no Uta      Curse Song

MadSong         Yuuwaku no Uta    Seduction Song

Surprise        Fuiuchi           Surprise Attack

Warning         Keikai            Vigilance

Multiply        Zoushoku          Multiply

Teleport        TEREPOOTO         Teleport

Heal            Chiryou           Medical Treatment

Poison          Dokuso            Toxin

Smasher!        MEGASUMASSHU      Mega Smash

Smasher!        SUTAASUMASHHIA    Star Smasher

[skil1]: I.e., something like sand thrown in the opponent's eyes to blind

[skil2]: Lit. "Shadow Double", a ninja technique of creating copies of

j. Jukebox Tracks

Note: The Japanese version's song names are the same as the ones used on the
"All Sounds of SaGa" soundtrack.

FFL2                  SaGa 2            Trans
----		      ------		------
Burning Blood         Moeru Chishio            Burning Blood

Eat the Meat!         IITO ZA MIITO            Eat the Meat

Watch Out!            Aa!!                     Ah!!

Let it Begin          Densetsu ha Hajimaru    The Legend Begins

Another World         Ten no Hashira          Pillar of Sky

Wandering Shadow      Samayoeru Tamashii      Wandering Spirit

Aspiration            Atarashikikami no TEMA  Theme of the New God

Heroic Tune           Yuusha no TEMA          Hero Theme

Mother Earth          Yasuragi no Daichi      Peaceful Earth

Don't Give up!        NEBAA GIBUAPPU          Never Give Up

The Legacy            Hihou wa Motomete       Searching for the Secret Treasure

Mysterious Thing      Hihou no Naze           Mystery of the Secret Treasure

Deep in the Dark      Yami no Hazamade        Valley of Darkness

Heartful Tears        Namida wa Fuite         Dry Those Tears

Critical Hit!!        Hissatsu no Ichigeki    Lethal Strike

Dreadful Fight        Shitou no Hateni        To the End of the Battle to the

Save the World        SEIBU ZA WOORUDO        Save the World

V. Closing Remarks

I hope you've enjoyed this FAQ. The SaGa series unfortunately does not get the
attention it deserves, but it has a small cult following that might find this
information interesting. As I said before, any help on the translations  marked
with an asterik (*) would be greatly appreciated. I encourage you to spread
this data around; you can reproduce it anywhere you want as long as I am

Some links I found incredibly useful:


Jeffrey's Japanese-English Dictionary Server: This is the best Japanese
translation site I've come across on the web so far. I could not have done
these translations without it.


Pledge of Bahamut: A Japanese site providing a side-by-side comparison of SaGa
2 and FFL2, for Japanese players who are curious about the English version. Its
listings of the Japanese names made my job infinitely easier. There are also
comparisons for the other two Gameboy SaGas and Seiken Densetsu/Final Fantasy
Adventure. I may do similar translation FAQs for those games in good time.

Thanks go to the FFL2 board on Gamefaqs, who provided much-appreciated input
and support.

Questions? Comments? Contributions? E-mail me: unlimited_justice@yahoo.com


SaGa 2, Final Fantasy Legend II, and all related names are copyright 1990/1991
Squaresoft. This document is copyright 2004 Frank Force, aka Gouki of Borg.

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